September 21, 2017

Oregon Caves Chateau - Page 4

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Photos taken in June 2004 

The photo above is the Oregon Caves Chateau lobby centered on the registration desk.  The double doors on the far right are the main entrance from the road and parking lot.  The fireplace is to your right out of the picture. You can see part of the grand staircase to the left. The ceiling supports are 30 inch diameter pine or fir logs with a polished finish, the ceiling beams are rough finish pine/fir about 18 inch by 24 inch in size. The gray color of the beams was created by coating them with a thin layer of cement dust. The lobby walls are paneled with redwood.


Directly across from the registration desk, this free-standing, double-sided marble fireplace is the central feature of the lobby. The rock removed from the site when the foundation was excavated was used to build the fireplace. The photo hanging on the chimney between the snowshoes is of Elijah Davidson, who discovered the Oregon Caves in 1874.



This is the back side of the lobby fireplace. The bust over the fireplace is also of Elijah Davidson.

Turning around from the photo above, this photo shows the plate glass "picture windows" that fill two sides of the lobby.  The dark wood of the lobby contrasts with the bright forest outside and draws your eye away from the room decor to the view.  Most of the furniture is antique and has been here since the day the Chateau opened.

The lobby from the grand staircase.  The lobby's height gives you a "tree house" feel, you look out these huge picture windows into the tops of the trees. While this level is called the 1st floor, there are actually 3 floors below you.  So while you entered the lobby from ground level on one side, due to the steep slope of the canyon the other side of the lobby, where the windows are, is 50 feet above the ground!

The grand staircase. Note the registration desk at the right.

The grand staircase treads and rails are oak, support stringers are 24" diameter pine/fir logs notched for the treads, and the balustrades are Madrone with the red bark left on.  Madrone branches don't tend to be straight, it must have been a real chore finding enough reasonably straight ones to make the balustrades!


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